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• “Basically, we all walked out the door and said, �What the hell was that?’ “ — Susan Hackett of the Association for Corporate Counsel, on business lobbyists’ reaction to an unsuccessful meeting with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in their effort to persuade him to revise the Thompson memo in January 2006
• “If I could do it all over again, I would treat every inquiry from Jack Abramoff differently.” — Convicted White House procurement officer David Safavian
• “It’s like a third-world country.” — One-time Howrey partner Karen Manos, describing her former firm
• “There’s no reason to pay attention to them. They’re dead.” — Furman University professor James Guth, on the Christian Coalition
• “Improving their English language skills creates an additional skill they can use against our guard force.” — Robert Durand, spokesman at the U.S. prison at Guant�namo Bay, Cuba, on why Arabic-English dictionaries are not provided to detainees
• “For some reason, the number 50,000 keeps popping up. . . . Maybe because it’s not small and not large. It’s a Goldilocks number.” — Former FBI agent Ken Lanning, on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales citing an estimate that 50,000 predators are online at any given time. The Justice Department said that the figure came from NBC’s “Dateline.”
• “I don’t know why this guy thought it was smart to file a lawsuit and lay out all of his private intimate details in an appendix to the complaint.” — Judge Paul Friedman, on former Senate lawyer Robert Steinbuch’s privacy suit against blogger Jessica Cutler
• “I’m not a wimp on terrorists. I think they should be hung by the balls if they find them.” — Shearman & Sterling partner Thomas Wilner, who represented detainees in Rasul v. Bush , on the Hamdan case
• “When I see a guy with a FEMA shirt on, I just want to beat him in the head.” — Allan Kanner, a New Orleans trial attorney representing businesses and agencies in the city, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina
• “I could, but I won’t.” — Alberto Gonzales, when asked to name a single decision he’s made at odds with the White House
• “God heard our prayers!” — Rev. Robert Drinan, former Massachusetts Democratic congressman and current professor at Georgetown University Law Center, after the Democratic sweep in the Nov. 7 elections
• “Invariably, without thinking . . . I cross to the other side of the street.” — Justice Samuel Alito Jr., describing what he does when he is near the Hart Senate Office Building, the site of his January confirmation hearing
• “You know, when Joe DiMaggio finally ended his hitting streak, sportswriters didn’t say, �He’s all washed up.’ “ — Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., responding to criticism that the Court’s vaunted unanimity at the beginning of his tenure had ended with contentious cases at the end of the 2005-2006 term
• “Margolis is the guy who comes in and makes sure the brains don’t get splattered all over the car.” — Judge Stephen Trott, on David Margolis, the DOJ’s top career official
• “This is clearly a patronage appointment.” — D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, on Alberto Gonzales’ decision to appoint Jeffrey Taylor as D.C.’s interim U.S. attorney
• “I mean, when is the predicted cataclysm?” — Justice Antonin Scalia, during arguments in Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency , which asks in part whether states have standing to challenge the EPA’s failure to regulate greenhouse gases
• “At every stage, lawyers played an absolutely central role in the creation and perpetuation of the Enterprise and the implementation of its fraudulent schemes.” — Judge Gladys Kessler, in her 1,742-page opinion against the tobacco industry, blaming lawyers for helping to hide the health risks of tobacco
• “He’s cocktail parties and I’m backyard weenie roast. I wouldn’t invite him to my weenie roast, and he wouldn’t invite me to his cocktail party.” — Lee Helfrich, who was booted off the D.C. Bar Board on Professional Responsibility, on board chair Martin Baach

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